Back of the book :
One beautiful dress is the key to three brave women’s destinies.
France 1919 : Jessie is celebrating the last heady days of her honeymoon. But when her husband suddenly disappears she finds herself bereft. Until a chance encounter thrusts her into the centre of the intoxicating world of Parisian high life.
Hollywood 1945 : Lisa has come a long way from her quiet, unassuming life in London and is taking Hollywood by storm. But all that glitters is not gold, and as the smoke and mirrors of the lifestyle she so longed for shatter around her there are some secrets that can never escape.
London 1965 : Cat, headstrong and independent, drawn to danger and injustice, has no idea of the legacy that precedes her. Once past secrets are unveiled, she has the chance to find out what liberty really means …
What I think :
The book tells of three women’s lives in different generations. First is Jessie, who is in Paris, the year is 1919. She has just got married to a painter called ‘Scotch’ and is on her honeymoon. she’s just found out that she is pregnant but hasn’t told her husband yet. On the last day of their honeymoon her husband leaves her. She is the owner of a Liberty silk dress, an engagement ring and a small devil charm, all three things become very important to the story.
Next is Baba, who lives in London her year is 1939. she moves to Hollywood and it’s not long before becomes a big star of the silver screen, mixing with some of the ‘Hollywood’ greats at pool party’s and glittering ‘get-togethers’ She changes her name to Lisa LaTouche. She becomes the next owner of the ring and the charm.
Then, finally at almost the end of the book we meet Cat. Her chapters start when she is small and are in the form of letters to’ Auntie’ Lisa. She becomes a ‘War zone’ Photographer. She is given the ‘Devil’ charm to keep her safe.
The story is based on Kate’s Grandmothers letters, who also lived in France and who’s husband was also a painter. She also owned a Liberty Silk dress, charm and ring like in the book.This is such an interesting story. Even more so, as some of it was based on real life.
I really loved the way that the story went from one era to the next, it was like opening a photo album and seeing their lives there in front of you.
My favourite character has got to be Baba/Lisa, I would have really liked to have lived in the 30’s/40’s, So glamorous and glitzy.
The book was so well researched with lots of well known big names, such as David Niven, Deborah Kerr and Viven Leigh. It was very interesting to see how all the characters were linked together, although it wasn’t a complete surprise as to how they were.
This book has such a wonderful quality to it, even more so with the conversation piece at the very end of the book.
This is a gem of a book that’s really well worth a read .
I give it 10/10
Published on 03 July 2014. By Transworld Ireland.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers Transworld Ireland for the digital copy of the book to read and review